Stress, Your Work Place and Control

Usually when I write about control it is in relationship to a Pilates move, but researchers on job burnout study control as well. Twenty years ago, psychologists believed that lack of control and high workloads were the main workplace stress inducers. Christina Maslach, a researcher based at UC Berkeley, begs to differ with that old line of thought.


According to her recent research there are more subtle factors. Job burnout and workplace stress can be products of mismatched values between employer and employee. A vacuum of information, silence on how big decisions are made, can be a major stress trigger for most employees. Plus the schism in values can lead to emotional strain, Maslach says:

"...having to operate in conflict with your values. Do you need to shade the truth to get authorization from the insurance company? Are you selling things that you know people don't really need?"

So if you are experiencing a sense of loss around your job - lost energy, lost enthusiasm and lost confidence, you may want to consider looking for a new place to work - a place that shares your values. Avoid burn out - Life is too short.

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